We get a lot of people calling the clinic with neck tension and headaches and often they will call looking for a massage to relieve their neck pain.
However, as with all people who call us looking for an appointment, we first need to find out more about what is going on and what they are looking for by calling us, before we book them in.
There are two reasons for this.
Firstly, we want to know if we are the best option to help them and second, we need to find out if they are suitable for massage or if they need a more specific physio treatment.
What’s the Difference?
It is important to know that there is a big difference in the two treatments and it will depend on what the person is looking for to see which is is most suitable for them.
We get some people who call us and they may have some shoulder and neck tension from work, training or stress and are looking for some relief and a way to ease the tension. In their case, a massage will be fine.
On the other hand, if someone has been suffering with neck pain for weeks, months or years, that may not get too bad but is just there in the background slowing them down, it may affects their mood, sleep and concentration and they find themselves having to take painkillers to get through the day then a massage is not going to be the right solution.
It is just going to offer temporary relief and what this person needs is something that is going to help them get back to doing the everyday things they need doing, without the problem always been there and slowing them down.
This is where a physio session will be of benefit because it will find out the reason why the pain is not going away and what needs to be done to ensure it doesn’t come back.
What difference would it make to your life?
Often people have lived with neck discomfort for so long that they get used to it and assume that it is normal. But let me tell you the It is NOT normal to be living with constant neck pain and with the right care it is something that can be helped.
Often when patients call us on the phone they will say that they are just looking to get rid of the pain. They may feel that it is not bad enough to be stopping them from doing anything but it is just always there.
But when we ask “what difference would it make to your life if we could get rid of this neck pain in the next couple of weeks” then it changes their thoughts.
Because it is not until you stop and think about this that you realize how a problem can be affecting you every day.
And the difference it can make to someones’s mood, form, activity levels, concentration and sleep when they are not living with a nagging neck pain can be huge.
At my clinic we like to give you the options and let you decide. We will recommend the best one and advise you based upon what you tell us, but in the end, you will decide.
Do you want:
A – The short term pain relief
B – The long lasting solution where we fix the problem that is causing the pain and help ensure that it doesn’t come back.
If you are struggling with neck pain at the moment and would like some help deciding what is best for you then click the link below and we will be happy you with your decision.Click here to for help